Woodland cardroom closes pit games



After a year of less-than-expected revenue, the Oak Tree Casino Restaurant in Woodland has scaled back operations.

Woodland’s sole gambling establishment has closed its pit games, including blackjack and pai gow. The move was made for financial reasons, General Manager Chuck McCormick said, adding that the cardroom’s poker tables will remain open.

Exactly a year after opening its doors, the cardroom has struggled to meet tax revenue projections. At the beginning of the year, the city anticipated $200,000 in gambling tax revenue. Over the summer, that figure was slashed in half. As the year comes to a close, the casino, which pays Woodland a 4 percent tax rate, has generated less than $100,000 for the city.